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2D Animation: Animal Walk Cycles

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Discover how to animate four-legged animals as they walk, trot, and run. Learn 2D animation techniques for making these motions look realistic or cartoony.

Capturing the movements of a horse, dog, or other such creature in 2D animation requires an understanding of certain principles and techniques. In this course, Dermot O'Connor explains how to animate four-legged animals as they walk, trot, and run. Dermot compares the anatomy of animals and humans, showing the analogous parts. He also demonstrates the basics of a quadruped walk, explaining how to create the leg positions for the front and the back, as well as how to offset them to create a realistic walk. Plus, learn how to add individual quirks to a run and create cartoony run cycles.


  • Welcome
  • Handout
1. Walk Cycles
  • Anatomy and general principles
  • Eadweard Muybridge
  • Walk fundamentals
  • Run fundamentals
  • Dog run
  • Horses
  • Horse trots and gallops
  • Custom
  • Next steps

Taught by

Dermot O' Connor

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